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Premiere: Hear Shiny Penny Find Their Home

Shiny Penny has become a sort of mainstay in the TUNED UP world, and with good reason: the Kokomo-based trio crafts incredibly catchy tunes that perfectly straddle the line between pop and rock. Unlike many of their pop or rock peers, however, these down-to-earth Indiana natives pen lyrics ...

Jon Worthy and the Bends – Something’s Gotta Give

I made my entry into the Nashville scene in a way that's backward compared to most folks. Most think of Nashville as a Country music city first and discover the other genres later. I started in alternative, making my way into pop, then Americana/folk, and finally into Country. Jon Worthy is a ...

Egypt Speaks – Wanderer

"What was that for?" a somewhat precocious Egypt Ali asks on the opening track on her full length Wanderer. "For you to listen to later" replies a voice on the other end of the recorder. The date is October 1, 2014. "I like people." It's Egypt's simple answer to why she does what she does. The ...

Premiere: Let Boyhood Bravery Take You Down to the Railroads

A few months ago I came across Boyhood Bravery and their single “Nests,” and I enjoyed it so much that I felt compelled to include it in April’s installment of my monthly column. Now the indie folk collective is back with an equally somber new tune in “Railroads,” which we are premiering a ...

Premiere: The existential musings of Jake Riley and the Social Workers in “For All and None” (lyric video)

I blame my frequent business trips to Nashville in the past 2 years, but I've been growing a soft spot for country. Not full on pop country or classic outlaw country, I'm not there yet. Actually, I take that back—Kacey Musgraves and Cassadee Pope have grown on my considerably. Maybe I'm just in ...

Duck Room On Fire: Hembree Steal Hearts & Blows Minds in St. Louis

I’m not one who listens to satellite radio (or really any type of radio for that matter), but I can respect what SiriusXM’s Alt Nation does with Advanced Placement, a tour and weekly radio show with the goal of exposing the public to on-the-rise alternative acts. The Advanced Placement Tour, which ...

Bonelang – Sunny, Sonny.

Alright, confession time. Sunny, Sonny was one of my most anticipated albums of 2019, and when it released I was definitely going to write an album review. However, when it released I kind of froze. Is this album full of bangers? Yes. Is it deep? Yes. Is it groundbreaking? Yes. Is that one guy who ...